My husband and I stayed at Gaige House + Ryokan on a recent visit to Sonoma County, California. Located in Glen Ellen, the luxury boutique property is situated near several wineries, restaurants and outdoor activities, making it a perfect place to stay while visiting California wine country.
We arrived to Gaige House ahead of check-in and our room was not yet ready. We decided to go for a walk, visit a winery and eat lunch while we waited. We returned closer to check-in time and our Ryokan Zen Suite, Creekside was ready.
The front desk attendant escorted us to our room, giving us a brief property tour along the way. He pointed out the pool, dining room where complimentary breakfast is served, spa and meditation area.
Our suite was tucked away, on the creek side of the property. Just beyond the suite entrance were two pairs of slippers for each guest: geta slippers (for outdoor use) and zori slippers (for indoor use). The long hallway opened to the bedroom with a sitting space, fireplace and television. In addition to a mini fridge and coffee press, there was a traditional cast iron Japanese tea set. Guests of the suite also receive a complimentary bottle of sake and mochi ice cream. The room had access to a private patio with chairs overlooking the Calabazas Creek. There was a small interior Zen rock garden atrium between the bedroom and bathroom.
The sleek bathroom featured a separate soaking tub and shower for two. The dark granite vanity had two separate sinks. Towels were large and comfortable. In the closet were two traditional yukata robes.
Our stay at Gaige House was much too brief. The property is a unique and peaceful oasis in the heart of wine country.
Gaige House + Ryokan
13540 Arnold Dr.
Glen Ellen, CA 95442
tel 707 935 0237
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